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spineuniverse.com December 16, 2009
Back Pain Research
Obese Children at Risk for Spinal Disorders

Obese Children at Risk for Spinal DisordersA new study suggests that obese children are at risk of wearing out their spines faster than they should.

Kids do get back pain, and it is usually caused by a muscle strain or sports injury. But this study shows that overweight kids are also prone to degenerative spinal disorders—the kind most often seen in adults after years of wear and tear on their spines.

But what’s interesting about this research is that it suggests that degenerative spinal disorders may actually become common in kids if childhood obesity trend continues.

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Preventing Recurring Osteoporosis Fractures
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Question:
My mother has osteoporosis-related spinal compression fractures. Only one fracture is healing, and she has developed multiple fractures from simple things, such as getting out of bed or going to the bathroom. What can she do to stop the recurring fractures?

—Spring, TX

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Answer:
It's sometimes hard to imagine how fragile your bones can become if they're weakened by osteoporosis. Even just rolling over in bed, as you mention, can cause a spinal compression fracture.

Your mother has had multiple compression fractures, and if you have one fracture, your risk for developing more fractures increases for a number of reasons...

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Isador H. Lieberman, MD, MBA, FRCS(C)P This Week's Expert
Isador H. Lieberman, MD, MBA, FRCS(C)
Professor of Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Weston, FL
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Avoiding Back Pain
Tips for Snow Shoveling
Tips for Snow ShovelingFor many of us, winter means snow. And snow means snow shoveling. And snow shoveling can sometimes lead to an aching back.

Fortunately, we have many great tips to help prevent this seasonal hazard to your spine.

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Holiday Recipe
Winter Fruit Salad

Winter Fruit Salad

Enjoy this fresh and healthy fruit salad recipe from our sister site, Diabetic-Recipes.com.

What You Need

  • 8 red apples
  • 8 green pears
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries
  • 4 bananas
  • 2 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur
  • sugar substitute to taste

What You Do

  • Place all fruit (except bananas), juices, and liqueur in a large bowl, add.... Get full recipe
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